All posts tagged: Emily Heard

What is it like being an artist?

Hello to the new faces around here, and thank you for supporting my work! I’m Emily, and I’m an artist from south Wales  I thought I’d share a few thoughts on being an artist from my own experiences. Pursuing the ‘path’ of being an artist, is a bit of a funny one. Over the years it has brought me joy, fear, pride, shame, certainty and more uncertainty than I thought possible all rolled into one weird little cocktail of determination. We are often discouraged to pursue careers in the arts, because of course nothing is certain, and financial stability does not go hand in hand with being an artist. I cannot guarantee that I will sell X amount in any given month. Many people find this whole aspect of being an artist enough to run for the hills. Sure, it can be stressful, and I will admit that it is a bit of a roller coaster. Some months, your sales are up. Some months they are down. It is the nature of being an artist (and …

Divergent | Art is a process of discovery

I called this piece Divergent, because the meaning of the word resonated with how I felt when I created it: ‘tending to be different or develop in different directions.‘ This piece was different for me, because as a lover of bright and bold colours, I literally had to restrain my hand from reaching for MORE COLOURS DAMMIT I LOVE THEM ALL!! My initial thoughts were that this was more of an exercise in self control than the creation of something I’d be proud of. I’m pleased to say I surprised myself. I’m not usually one for a subtle colour pallet, instead opting for colours that are bright and ‘happy’. However this piece has taught me that sometimes less is more! I’m actually very pleased with the tranquillity and calm of this painting, which in turn makes me feel happy to look at, and I hope you feel the same. I learn something new with every painting. Art really is a never ending journey of self discovery, and I want to keep on skipping, running, ambling, …

What happens when you buy art?

                  ”When you buy something from an artist you are buying more than an object. You’re buying hundreds of hours of errors and experimentation. You’re buying years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You’re not buying just one thing, you are buying a piece of a heart, a piece of a soul… a small piece of someone else’s life.” -Rebekah Joy Plett

Control the unicorn inside your head

Finding your flow as an artist is an ever evolving journey. It’s like chasing sunbeams dancing off walls. You can touch them, watch the light reflect off your skin, magical and illuminating. It’s inspiring, distracting, frustrating and like drowning in oxygen all at the same time. There’s a whole wealth of things to create, and your heart wants to express them in so many ways. The trick to being a successful artist and developing your ‘style’ is learning to control the distracted child, entranced by shiny things, trying to play with them all. It’s something I’m still learning, evolving and trying to control. After several years of battling I’m starting to feel like I have a bit more of a grip on the reigns, to lead this frigging art unicorn inside my mind to the place it needs to go. I’m working on a new collection, inspired by and building on a recent 30 day painting challenge I completed. 🦄🎨❤️ You can watch this here: 30 Day Painting Challenge – YouTube

Why do we create?

Have you ever wondered why we paint? I have. What is it about painting that makes the chit chatter of our minds quieten down to nothing but calm? It’s almost like a meditative state, pushing colours about the canvas, watching your inner world grow and change from white nothingness to vibrant somethingness. It’s therapeutic, addictive and challenging all at the same time. An escape from your own thoughts nagging and the passing of time. For more of my work find me on Instagram @emilylouise_art or visit http://www.emilylouiseheard.com